late 1963, the dilemma of attempting to determine how Gustave A. Whitehead
fit into early powered flight history was more or less thrust upon our
then very active 9315th USAF Reserve Squadron in
Stratford, Connecticut. The question we were to answer was a tough one:
did or did not Whitehead fly with power before the December 17, 1903,
events at Kitty Hawk?
had never been a formal inquiry into that matter. At the request of the
Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association's (CAHA) vice president,
Harold "Hal" Dolan, our squadron became the first to embark on that mission.
Dolan felt we should dig into the 1901 accounts of flights alleged to
have taken place in and around Bridgeport, Fairfield and Stratford, Connecticut.
CAHA (now known as the New England Air Museum) was attempting to chronicle
aviation history in Connecticut. (continued)